Lime & coconut ice-cream – dairy-free, parve tropical frozen dessert

A delicious Caribbean inspired frozen dessert – coconut ice-cream flavoured with lime, spices & brown sugar to create an indulgent, dairy free treat.

According to Jewish dietary laws (kashrut) one cannot eat a dairy dessert after a meat meal. This has been taken as something of a challenge by kosher cooks, who strive to produce gooey, creamy puddings without any milk in them. With varying degrees of success.

Parve ice-cream

Dairy-free (parve) ice-cream is pretty easy to come by, and like most things, some are better than others. Like all pseudo-foods, many of them contain a whole host of stuff I’d rather not eat, given a choice. Therefore I decided it was time to attempt a parve ice-cream made with only natural ingredients. 

lime & coconut ice-cream with barbecued pineapple - dairy free

Totally tropical

Given that my starting point was a can of coconut milk, it seemed only right to run with the tropical theme. Thinking back to a wonderful holiday in St Lucia a few years ago, I flavoured the coconut ice-cream with lime and spices, and used brown sugar to add a hint of Caribbean sweetness. If I hadn’t been planning to serve this to children, I would probably have added a dash of rum too.

Zingy and delicious

I was a bit worried that one lime wouldn’t be enough, but in fact the flavour was perfect – just enough citrus to balance the coconut, and with a warm molasses undertone from the brown sugar and spices. Delicious! Although not quite as creamy as a dairy ice-cream, this coconut ice-cream slipped down a treat, and went perfectly on top of barbecued pineapple.

lime & coconut ice-cream with barbecued pineapple - dairy free

I will certainly be experimenting with further flavours of dairy-free coconut ice-cream, so watch this space! If you have any suggestions for flavours to try, please leave them in the comments.

This made about 700ml of ice-cream.

A delicious Caribbean inspired frozen dessert - coconut ice-cream flavoured with lime, spices & brown sugar to create an indulgent, dairy free treat.

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Lime and coconut ice-cream (dairy free, parve)

Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword coconut, lime
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Helen


  • 400 ml can coconut milk (approx. 1¾ cups)
  • 125 g light brown sugar (demerara or muscovado) (approx. ⅔ cup)
  • 1 egg
  • Zest and juice of a lime
  • ½ tsp mixed spice


  • Thoroughly mix all the ingredients until the sugar is dissolved and everything is very well combined.
  • Pour into an ice-cream maker and churn for around 30 minutes until frozen. Eat immediately, or transfer to a container and store in the freezer until ready to serve.


Delicious served with barbecued pineapple or tropical fruits such as mango or papaya.

If you’re after more dairy-free ice-creams, try these:
Vegan stem ginger ice-cream from Family Friends Food.
Home made fab ice lollies from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.
Vegan chocolate ice-cream from Penelope’s Pantry.
Almond banana ice-cream from Recipes from a Pantry.
2-ingredient peanut butter ice-cream from the Petite Cook.
No-churn honey cake ice-cream from Family Friends Food.


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  2. Sarah Klinkowitz

    Lime and coconut is a match made in heaven, and I am loving the grill on that pineapple slice!

  3. This sounds lovely! I often do fresh pineapple on the BBQ and this would be a perfect match.

  4. Rosana, Hot&Chilli Food and Travel Blog

    I love both coconut and lime, its a taste of my childhood. This recipe sounds great and simple, ideal for the weather we are having. Thanks for sharing it. R

  5. This looks yummy. Fab summer dessert.

  6. This looks really nice and great to cool you down in this hot weather too x

  7. The flavours here sound wonderful and using coconut cream is no hardship, er, although I haven’t actually tried doing it myself yet! How about trying a chocolate sorbet using dark chocolate – another thing on my very long list I want to try.

  8. Wow I never knew that about kosher desserts! And coconut and lime sounds delicious! I am definitely trying this x

  9. Emily @amummytoo

    Ooh lime and coconut sounds like a lovely combination. And fab that’s it’s dairy free.

  10. Andrea @ The Petite Cook

    I tend to make more dairyfree ice cream than normal, so this is gona be a must-try for me! Love the grilled pineapple idea too 🙂 thanks for sharing my 2- ingredient peanut butter ice cream recipe!

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